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The chest press is an exercise you can do with dumbbells to strengthen the pectoral muscles in the front of your chest, some of the shoulder muscles, and the triceps muscles in the back of your upper arms.

Lie on your back with your knees bent and a dumbbell in each hand. Hold your upper arms perpendicular to your body and your forearms perpendicular to the floor. Slowly press the weights upward until your elbows are almost straight. Be careful to avoid locking your elbows into a straight position.

You'll feel tension across your upper chest. Return to the starting position slowly, being careful not to drop your elbows below the surface of the bench. Repeat.

Although the chest press is usually done lying on a weight bench, you can also try it lying on the floor.

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